Lecture – Sealed with Blood: Gratitude for Revolutionary Veterans and American National Identity

Thu Jan 23, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Presented by: Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
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Sarah Purcell, L.F. Parker Professor of History at Grinnell College, discusses how public memories and commemorations of the Revolutionary War and its veterans helped early Americans form a common bond and create a new national identity. Officers were often remembered as national heroes in newspapers, songs, pamphlets, sermons and theater productions. Martyred heroes such as Joseph Warren and Richard Montgomery created powerful images of a nation united by grief. Common veterans also sought to claim some measure of public gratitude for themselves as they published memoirs, participated in civic celebrations and intertwined their own Revolutionary memories with political causes. Arguing that gratitude for Revolutionary War veterans and their sacrifices was at the heart of early American national identity, Dr. Purcell’s talk will explore monuments, battle anniversary celebrations and other commemorative rituals that created a sense of common public reverence for Revolutionary War veterans as a group, even when particular men sometimes risked being forgotten.


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